Let me tell you a little story about Crock Pot Orange Marmalade Meatballs. A while back, my kids got a four pound jar of orange marmalade in the mail. It was after visiting their Grandma and Pappy, where Pappy introduced them to marmalade on toast. They fell in love, and the package that arrived a few weeks after we got home was a way for the West coast grandparents to support their East coast grandkids’ new habit.
Now, let me tell you, a jar of marmalade the size of a child’s head lasts a long time. A really long time. This jar has been staring at me from its perch on my refrigerator shelf for what seems like years, but because I’m super cheap and because orange marmalade lasts about as long as a Twinkie, there was no way I was throwing it out.
I’m glad I kept it, because today I had an epiphany. I COULD MAKE A CROCK POT ORANGE MARMALADE MEATBALL RECIPE. I love meatballs. My love for meatballs is strong and true, and it’s not only the way they taste that draws my affection. Meatballs are a hard-working food. They are great over spaghetti, of course, but they also make outstanding appetizers, taste fantastic in a sandwich, and are delicious with rice or potatoes.
Today I was going to be away from the house all afternoon, and needed to have something ready for my family to eat when we got home from my kids’ baseball game at sevenish. I tossed my Crock Pot Orange Marmalade Meatballs in the slow cooker at three, whipped up some rice to reheat when we got home, and planned on cooking up some frozen broccoli really quick when we walked in the door.
Meatballs, rice, and broccoli all ready in the same amount of time it would take to drive through and grab fast food. I love that my slow cooker helps me feed our family a proper dinner on busy nights. Also, I get my meatballs.
These Crock Pot Orange Marmalade Meatballs are excellent for parties and potlucks, too. If you’ve ever walked into a party carrying a slow cooker, you know how excited people get. Meatballs are my go-to appetizer, and I’m happy to add this recipe in the rotation along with my Crock Pot Grape Jelly Meatballs and the incredibly popular Crock Pot Sweet and Sour Meatball recipe.
I used my 6.5-Quart Crock-Pot Programmable Touchscreen Slow Cooker to make these Crock Pot Orange Marmalade Meatballs.
Crock Pot Orange Marmalade Meatballs
- 32 ounce bag frozen meatballs
- 1 12 to 16 ounce jar orange marmalade
- ½ cup ketchup
- 2 TBSP soy sauce
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- Place meatballs in slow cooker.
- In a bowl, combine remaining ingredients and mix well.
- Pour orange marmalade sauce over meatballs and stir to coat meatballs with sauce.
- Cover and cook on LOW 4 to 5 hours or on HIGH 2 to 3 hours.
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